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CycloCross: 12 week build & peak plan


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Plan Description

Plan Summary

- Intermediate level (1-4 years cycling)
- Riding regularly (4+ times/week)
- Plan duration: 12 weeks
- 8-12 hours week


The 12 week build plan will get your ready for your priority A event, specifically the plan is designed to help you with a cyclocross racing. Using the latest science based training principals, the plan will improve your fitness, make your stronger, more resilient to injury and set you up well for your target events.

The plan provides the following:
- Testing protocols to allow you to track your progress
- Power based workouts, available for download onto common platforms (TrainerRoad, Zwift, Garmin etc) 
- Improve stamina and fatigue resistance (reduces the effects of fatigue during long races)
- Improve your anaerobic system so you can cope with the demands of cyclocross racing
- Improve your cyclocross technical skills
- Improve Functional Threshold Power (FTP)
- Free TrainingPeaks account (Premium for first 30 days)
- TSS based plan

The plan uses periodisation to split the training into three four week blocks, each block has three hard weeks and the fourth week is a recovery and testing week.
The focus of each block changes:

- Block 1 (4 weeks): Extended work at sweet spot, technical skills, some anaerobic work
- Block 2 (4 weeks): Intensive aerobic work (above threshold), race specific drills and workouts
- Block 3 (4 weeks): Includes peak block and taper, 2 big weeks followed by 2 weeks of adaptation leading into your main event/s

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
7:03 hrs 3:00 hrs
Day Offx1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
7:03 hrs 3:00 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter

All supported devices

Phil Crick

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Husband and wife team, Phil and Michelle Crick, based in Adelaide, South Australia, offering personalised training plans to athletes of all ages and abilities to help you achieve your racing and recreational goals.

Catering for athletes in three different countries, we are able to coach you remotely from anywhere with an internet connection.